Acta - Sous Quel Ordre [NTT006]
After NTT002 - an 80 minutes long album called "..." by French mastermind element.act, you may have thought that you've seen the last of him for a while.Well forget that, there's more sides to this artist than you can imagine, and this release is another piece of the puzzle. As "acta", in close collaboration with post-rock guitarist Pierre Fruchard (also present in groups such as "Innocent X" and "Tanger"), he has created 3 tracks with great emotional depth, while exploring different ways of working together. This ep starts from pure acoustic guitar and evolves with sampled film fragments and increasing electronic manipulation. In the end, acta will have either nullified or encouraged all your frustrations, depending on what kind of person you are. Both ways, this is music for reflection.
November 4, 2004
This album is like a cool mist on a rainy evening that calms and soothes. I love the acoustics mixed with what sounds like modified field recordings in some places. This is quite a pleasent suprise in an archive of many breakbeats, noise, and glitchrock (not that they're bad, mind you, there's just a lot). Download it, and enjoy.
October 25, 2004
this release is beautiful, really amazingly produced noise-influenced and instrumental flavoured ambient, really much original and refreshing music. wonderful.
acta made me fall in love with this netlabel.
entity provides the best of the dark-ambient scene and i'll never miss one single release from them.
January 31, 2004
review by erik mcguire (www.hypothemic.com), published on www.wetworksezine.com
Acta's 20 minute release is an intimate electro-acoustical affair; a project of Element.Act in collaboration with post-rock guitarist Pierre Fruchard.
In "Passe", warm, tender guitar plucked and strummed slowly in a subtle arrangement invites a relaxed listen to the blend of tonal colours and isolated notes. It fades with a faintly echoing loop into "Comme va le monde", which assumes a darker, more introspective feel with thrumming bass undertones & light guitar; granular textures and fragments of microsounds cautiously making themselves known to the listener. Slightly muted and sporadic, recordings of a film contrast gently with the languorous waves of sound. The careful layers of textures and understated use of timing adds to the technical appreciation of a beautiful repose.
"Sous quel ordre" is the final track, featuring for the first time throbbing deep percussion; joined with skillfully added noises of higher frequency and pitch--a collage of atonal scribblings and jitterings held together around sustained guitar--building into a thin, unobtrusive filter of soft distortion, breached only by a craftily degraded sequence of beats.
I quite adore this too brief ep. It's addictively moving and holds a depth and range truly to savour, which the top-notch production quality enhances superbly.